Wednesday, June 22, 2011
My next race is the 37 k run in late July in Val d'allos, the ski resort, with 7400 feet ( 2250 metres) elevation. I'am a bit nervous for several reasons, firstly its 37 k, nearly twice as far as my last race, its in the thin mountain air - of which I have no experience- and finally, the first climb is 3300 feet (1000 metres) straight up and the highest straight climb I've ever done straight up is 1750 feet (530 metres), so go figure.
Joint damage and heart attacks. All this is primarily in the hands of the Almighty however, due to the surface, trail runs are more forgiving than road runs and I have an extensive stretching, pilates and physio regime and my diet. Despite what you read in the papers you are much more likely to have a heart attack than if you don't run rather than if you do. (One study showed a 42% reduced risk of heart disease for those who ran for more than one hour per week)
The main difference between road and trail running is, in trail running, there's nobody there!!! which is great; no cars, no noise, no people, just nature, fantastic. TRY IT. I know a few women who have expressed a concern about their safety and I understand but you see so few people, the thought of some homicidal maniac hanging out on top of a mountain waiting for a lone female jogger strikes me as slightly absurd. I do see the occasional runner and its actually about 50/50 men and women. Usually the girls are going so fast I doubt if anyone could catch them! In fact one of them could be the previously mentioned Juice Plussed up Christine.